Spontaneo’s Diego Byrnes recently painted a picture of Punchline’s Chris Fafalios. This is a true profile picture. Below you can see his unfinished masterpiece in progress! You can also see his paint brush.
We put together a super awesome compilation CD called KEEP IT REAL, which features all of our artists, some TDR Records artists, and then some good buds from around the way who write incredibly great songs. You know - real music. It’s this new genre where musicians and songwriters really get down to business.
So please tell everyone, including DAVID CAMERON and maybe even JULIA LOUISE DREYFUS that the next 37 CD, vinyl, T-shirt, and hoodie orders from our merch store will come with one of these cute little puppies.
The art behind Punchline's "Delightfully Pleased."
Writing music and making record is obviously a large part of what we do here at Modern Short Stories. However, if you looked at a pumpkin pie chart to see how we spend our time working as a label, you would see that much of this time is spent in coordinating ideas with artists to bring a gorgeous visual aspect to our audio creations.
One of these artists is named Justin Will. We cannot confirm why he was given this name, but this is a picture of him.
We came to know Justin through our good buddy Tony Hartman. Chris Fafalios and Tony Hartman wrote a book called “Whistle Pig” and Justin Will, who I think it’s safe to call Sir Justin Will because he will more than likely be knighted one day, designed the concept and book cover.
We liked this art so much, that we knew we would ask Justin to do the art for our new record even before any songs were discussed for the record. I should note that I just heard the most alien sounding noise I have ever heard outside my window. It’s too bad for the alien that I am enthralled in bloggin’ ‘bout art. I would also like to give Chris Fafalios credit for the style in which I used to put together that last sentence.
This is how the idea was presented to him:
My idea is to have the cover primarily be a
hell mouth with the four of us walking into the mouth. Not necessarily us, or even characters, but some symbolic representation of four bodies walking inward. In the background there are four tombstones tombstones, but one grave has been dug up. If you like the idea and wish to elaborate, by all means go for it. I’ve attached some drawings of the hell mouth concept along with the color scheme I picture. Read about Hellmouth’s at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellmouth. Let me know what you think! -Steve
And this is what first came back to us…
As you can see, the second idea much more resembles the direction we decided to go with all of this crazy art.
And then, of course, it turned into this!
And if you haven’t had the chance to hold a copy in your hand, there is a very involved back cover, lyric booklet, inside panels, and a super cool orange sleeve which the whole package hangs out in! Each page is so different from one to the next!
He has an exhibition with some other artists (including his wonderful wife Nancy!) that is going on now in Cleveland. So get into art and go to BAZZARBEQUE!
And Justin… if you’re reading this, thank you so much for the wonderful jobs you have done on both Whistle Pig and Delightfully Pleased. I haven’t seen the vinyl at this point, but have heard that the first child who saw it shed a tear and vowed to do good with his life.
Thanks for reading! If you’d like to learn more about the art behind our projects, then just say so!